Monthly Archives: February 2013

Hmm… Maybe For Next Spring?

At one point, W.H. Auden was an instructor at the U of Michigan. The undergrad-level course (which met for two hours a week over a single semester) was titled “Fate and the Individual in European Literature.” The New York Daily … Continue reading

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Everything Not Compulsory Is Forbidden

A while back, I pointed out an argument made by Glenn Reynolds, that given the combination of an exploding number of laws, regulations, etc. and the concept of virtually unlimited prosecutorial discretion, there is essentially no real rule of law … Continue reading

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You Don’t Get Something for Mutton

I was surfing around Arts & Letters Daily yesterday as I waited for my short story to go live online (What do you mean you haven’t read it yet? Repent!), and I saw a piece from the New York Review … Continue reading

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The Main Course Will Be Served in a Few Days, But…

… you might want to consider this an appetizer. One of my short stories may be found at Out of the Gutter Online, along with a whole bunch of shorts and flash fiction by other folks that you may enjoy … Continue reading

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QotD: Early Edition Edition

Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? From Sheldon Richman’s article at Reason today: President Obama and other so-called progressives insist that the American people are not overly dependent on government. They also predict dire consequences if the automatic … Continue reading

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Can A Band Cover Itself?

For folks in a creative field who taste some degree of success, there’s bound to be a temptation to do what worked last time. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? But it’s possible to overdo it. As Exhibit … Continue reading

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Thus Has It Ever Been

Cats are notoriously independent thinkers. There’s a reason faculty meetings are so often compared to herding cats (although it seems to me that the occasional laser dot on a wall would do the trick.) The cats think outside the box. … Continue reading

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I Don’t Get It Either, But…

Last night, some of our kids decided to jump on the “Harlem Shake” bandwagon. And since I don’t have time for a real post today, here you go.

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The Universe Provides

I was a bit frazzled this morning. The week has been pretty much nonstop, with faculty meetings, the Spawn’s ortho appointment, band practice, and a film screening taking up the first part of the week, and the Spawn’s school scheduling, … Continue reading

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I Read Genre, Hear Me Roar…

In the relatively early days of the blog, I mentioned the culture shock I encountered from time to time when I went from my weird mix of boho and working class autodidact into grad school. In particular, I noticed the … Continue reading

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